Family Child Care (FCC) homes offer safe, high-quality childcare through high standards for quality and well-trained staff in a family/home atmosphere with a small group of children in either government housing or a private home off the installation. Care can include full-day, part-day, hourly, or extended daycare for parents who work non-traditional hours. Each professional FCC provider and their family must undergo a series of background screenings. The FCC provider must complete a comprehensive and extensive initial training, as well as ongoing training.

FCC Professionals are in great demand and this program provides the spouse of military dependents the opportunity to operate their own business while remaining in their home with their own children. The FCC professional provides much-needed quality service to children and families from the military. Learn how to become a Family Child Care provider and earn up to $1500 per month per child under the age of three. 

Basic Requirements

  • Must be 18 years old or older
  • Must have high school diploma
  • Must live on installation
  • Must complete health screening

Benefits of Becoming a Provider

  • Increase your knowledge and skills in the field of Child Development
  • Earn an income for your family while staying home with your own children
  • Equipment and toy lending library available
  • USDA Child and Adult Food Program

Becoming a Family Child Care Provider

Family Child Care Initial Process
Takes from 2-6 months
  1. Submit signed application (spouse and applicant) to the Family Child Care office between Mon–Fri: 8am-4pm. Include the following when turning in your application packet:
    1. Copy of H.S. Diploma or Equivalent required
    2. $40 – Non-refundable Registration Fee (cash not accepted)
    3. If CPR and First Aid is needed please bring $70 (cash not accepted) to your pre-screening interview
  2. Submit Federal background check/fingerprints and local background checks (Family Advocacy and Provost Marshal’s Office) for the applicant, spouse, and any other individual over the age of 18 living in the home
  3. Schedule a pre-screening interview with FCC Director or Monitors
  4. Attend 40-hour certification class with Family Child Care Training
    1. Classes are normally Mon–Fri, last full week of the month
    2. If you have a current CPR and First Aid then you will not need to attend the last two days of the training

Certification Process
Takes up to 1-2 months

Once background checks are completed and approved, you will then start the certification process for your home:
  • Occupational Health Physical with Occupational Health (Naval Hospital)
  • Obtain an Animal Health Certificate if pets are in the home
  • Sanitation Inspection conducted by Preventive Medicine Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton
  • Fire Inspection conducted by Camp Pendleton Fire Department
  • Safety Inspection conducted by MCCS Safety Officer
  • Annual Inspection conducted by FCC staff
  • Quality Review Board will review applicant and determine suitability


For more information, please call (760) 725-7631.

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